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It’s A Question Of Balance ® radio show balances the intellectual with the creative, exploring whether we have more in common than divides us through thought-provoking conversations – out and about with people on the street on different topics, and in the studio with inspiring guests from the arts. Balance is not a compromise. Balance is truth distilled from many places creating cohesive understanding.

Topic: Out And About – Conversations on the Street about Questions That Matter: Are Some Jobs More Suitable For A Man Or A Woman?


We discuss our Question That Matters this week ‘Are some jobs more suitable for a man or a woman?’ Do you associate some jobs with men or women? How do you feel about a man being a nurse or giving childcare? About a woman being an electrician or working on an oil rig? Are men and women innately better at some things than others or is that perception down to stereotyping? Is it perhaps masculine and feminine traits that matter more than gender? Local people share their views with Ruth on the show’s Out and About feature.

Arts Interview: In-Depth Conversation with Ellen Bass Begins at 53 Minutes


I interview Santa Cruz County Poet Laureate Ellen Bass. Ellen is the multi-award-winning author of three books of poetry: The Human Line; Mules of Love; and the recently published Like A Beggar. Her poems have appeared in hundreds of journals and anthologies, including The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The American Poetry Review, The New Republic, The Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, and The Sun. She has written several non-fiction books including Free Your Mind: The Book for Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Youth and The Courage to Heal: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse, which has sold over a million copies and has been translated into ten languages. Ellen also teaches in the low residency MFA program at Pacific University as well as conducting her own courses in poetry and creative writing in Santa Cruz and other beautiful locations nationally and internationally. For more information go to

“It’s A Question of Balance ® so rare among radio talk shows, lets its subjects breathe. With her discursive style and pleasingly eccentric range of curiosity, host Ruth Copland each week treats her listeners to two hours of Whole Brain Radio.
Hampton Sides – Internationally bestselling author, award-winning journalist, and historian

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